Wiltbank Wins Hans Severiens Award for Research and Impact

by University Communications,

The Angel Capital Association (ACA) and Angel Resource Institute (ARI) have named Professor Robert Wiltbank, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management, as the recipient of the 2013 Hans Severiens Award. The organizations presented Dr. Wiltbank with the award at the 2013 ACA Summit in San Francisco, CA.

The Hans Severiens Award was established in 2005 to honor one individual each year whose actions demonstrate leadership in advancing the role of angel investing, in expanding entrepreneurship, and whose accomplishments shape and benefit the angel investment industry as a whole.

“Rob Wiltbank’s contribution is unique in the world of angel investing,” said Marianne Hudson, ACA executive director. “He is an angel investor, founder of funds, professor and mentor to future entrepreneurs, and he has researched and written two of the most comprehensive and widely consulted reports on investments by angels in groups.”

Professor Wiltbank co-founded the Willamette MBA Angel Fund, an innovative, experiential project where students invest as real angel investors. His New Ventures to Market course was named as a "top 10 entrepreneurship class" in the U.S. by Inc. magazine.